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DA to give update in Cosmo DiNardo missing men case

15 July 2017

DiNardo and Kratz, of Northeast Philadelphia, are charged with the July 7 slayings of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, Bucks County; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, Bucks County; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

The details were provided after one of Cosmo DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to murdering the missing men, who included a Maryland college student, and had told investigators where their bodies were.

Kratz and Dinardo face a long list of charges that include abusing corpses and conspiring to commit criminal homicide.

A criminal complaint on these allegations from February 2017 says DiNardo possessed a shotgun and ammunition he was not permitted to have because he has a "mental illness" and had been involuntarily committed to an inpatient treatment facility. His attorney said his client had pleaded guilty and was being held on a $5 million bond.

On July 7, Dinardo picked up Kratz, described as a cousin and then drove to Finocchiaro's home. "I am very relieved to say we brought four young men one step closer to their loved ones so they can rest in peace".

All four victims are believed buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pennsylvania, owned by DiNardo's family.

The person of interest named in the disappearance of the four Pennsylvania men, Cosmo DiNardo, has confessed to their murders, one of his defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters late Thursday afternoon.

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DiNardo's exact participation remains unclear. The prosecutor had said he thought a backhoe may have been on the property.

Both suspects said Mr. DiNardo had arranged another meeting that night to sell marijuana to Mr. Meo, who showed up with his friend, Mr. Sturgis.

An attorney for DiNardo's parents said they sympathized with the families of the men and were cooperating in the investigation.

DiNardo also frequently told friends he had murdered before.

"These boys can finally go home to their families", Weintraub said.

The girlfriend of Moe said investigators had exchanged text messages with his companion up to about 19 hours, and then nothing more, which would be "out of the ordinary and unusual", she says.

The two then placed Finnochario's body in a metal tank DiNardo referred to as a "pig roaster".

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At a press conference early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, Weintraub addressed DiNardo, saying, "I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. DiNardo with the stolen auto case today and getting that 5 million dollar bail".

Did the four men know each other?

Potash said he did not know where his son was heading or what he was doing before he disappeared Friday.

Sturgis bolted - but was gunned down by DiNardo with the same Smith and Wesson 357 he used to kill Meo and Finnochiaro. Dinardo, in the county jail, wore a red jumpsuit; Kratz, in a blue jumpsuit, spoke from a lockup at the county's Justice Center.

Meo's vehicle was found at a separate property owned by the Dinardo family, a day after authorities said Dinardo attempted to sell Meo's auto to a friend for $500, according to a criminal affidavit.

Investigators found the metal tank containing the remains about 12 feet below the surface.

DiNardo's parents declined to comment after leaving a government building where he spent several hours with Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub and other investigators.

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DiNardo, whose parents own construction and concrete businesses in the Philadelphia area, has had a few brushes with the law over the past year.